Thursday, June 10, 2010

Baby Dinosaur's first paired with Bobby's rawest release

Artist: Baby Dinosaurs vs. Bobby and The Spoft Spots
Title: Split 7"
Label: Die Slaughterhaus Records
Release date: June 2010
Release number: DSH-042

The newest Die Slaughterhaus release splits two of the final songs recorded by the late Bobby Ubangi with a couple of tracks from party-pop queens Baby Dinosaurs vs. Extinction.

Of the bands that captured my interest when I first started blogging, Baby Dinosaurs vs. Extinction is the last to release something on vinyl. That's why it's no surprise that I could not wait to get my hands on this one. Their songs, the delightfully tacky (don't sue me, Hooters) "Coke Dick" and a punked-up cover of "I Won't Tell", are fun as hell to hear on vinyl, even if you've heard both dozens of times live at The Star Bar or house shows. Their ode to drug-fueled impotence is the real gem here, as they have taken a page from Frantic and wrote a song about a drug that's probably as easy to score in town as weed and at times has made people within the scene more lazy and more broke.

The Soft Spots side brings us a version of "Make You Mine" that might be the rawest Bobby Ubangi-related release ever, including the tracks from that great Lids 7", and a rough-plodding cover of Link Wray's "Rumble". This, like an earlier Soft Spots 7" co-released by Die Slaughterhaus and Rob's House, captures well Ubangi's love for simple three-chord rock and roll. Is this as good as Ubangi's solo releases that came out while he was battling cancer? No, but these rough around the edges recordings definitely have a place in his small but rich back catalog.

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